|Publication number||US6955268 B2|
|Application number||US 10/686,888|
|Publication date||Oct 18, 2005|
|Filing date||Oct 15, 2003|
|Priority date||Sep 20, 2000|
|Also published as||CA2423176A1, US20020088765, US20040140276, WO2002024038A1|
|Publication number||10686888, 686888, US 6955268 B2, US 6955268B2, US-B2-6955268, US6955268 B2, US6955268B2|
|Inventors||Merle M. Waldron|
|Original Assignee||Exotic Rubber And Plastics Of Minnesota, Inc.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (47), Referenced by (48), Classifications (19), Legal Events (4)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application claims priority to patent application Ser. No. 09/957,692 filed on Sep. 20, 2001, now abandoned which claimed priority to Provisional Application No. 60/234,068 filed Sep. 20, 2000, and incorporates the entire disclosure of said applications herein by reference.
This invention relates to displays, more particularly the invention relates to merchandise displays with pusher mechanisms for retail display of packaged merchandise such as DVD's.
Various means have been utilized for displaying DVD's, cassette tapes, CD's and the like. These are typically shelves with adjustable dividers or open bins viewable from the front. These are not ideal in that they are expensive to construct, do not provide optimal viewing of the product, do not ideally “front” the product, and do not generally present a highly attractive display.
Typically these products allow a significant quantity of the fronted items to be simultaneously removed from the merchandise display. This presents a loss control issue in that thieves are known to quickly grab a great quantity of DVD's or CD's and then run out of the store. To the extent that quantities of such merchandise cannot be quickly grabbed, the significant loss of these larger quantities can be controlled.
The known displays that provide a fronting feature generally require a rather complex mechanism for pushing the items forward to the front of the display or utilize separate removable pusher components which can be misplaced and can increase manufacturing costs. These displays are not particularly aesthetically appealing particularly when the display is empty. Some display systems utilize gravity which typically does not efficiently utilize the display case area and does not reliably front the product.
A display for boxed merchandise items is needed that is relatively easy and inexpensive to fabricate, that is effective in preventing thefts of significant quantities of product, that is effective in fronting the product, and that is aesthetically attractive.
A modular display system for polyhedron shaped merchandise, such as DVD's, software, computer games, CD's and the like, and a method for manufacturing such a display, is relatively inexpensive to fabricate and presents a highly attractive and functional display. In a preferred embodiment, the system comprises a plurality of individual pocket constraints configured as integral modules aligned and retained in a set of cascading shelves. The individual pocket modules are an integral form having side constraints, a connecting portion extending between the side portions, and a pushing portion having a merchandise engagement portion connecting to a bias-providing portion. The cascading shelves are, in a preferred embodiment, formed from a plurality of stackable interlocking shelves. Each shelf, in a preferred embodiment, has a horizontal lower base, a vertical back side, a vertical front portion, and a horizontal top piece forming generally a G-shape in the cross-section. In an embodiment, the pocket modules and shelves provide a constrained zone of removal that effectively limits the number of items that can be removed at one time while still allowing substantially full frontal view of the product.
A feature and advantage of particular embodiments of the invention is that the shelves may be formed from plastic by extrusion and the extruded shelves assemble, stack, and lock together in a cascade arrangement. This provides great economy and ease in manufacturing of a highly functional and effective display.
A feature and advantage of particular embodiments of the invention is that a zone of removal of product pieces is constrained by the shelves and pocket modules in cooperation limiting the number of items that can be removed and requiring a certain level of dexterity. In preferred embodiments this is one or two items at a time. Insertion and loading of the pocket modules, in contrast, is relatively easy and generally the number of product pieces that can be inserted at one time is greater than the number product pieces that can be removed at one time.
A feature and advantage of particular embodiments of the invention is that the pocket module may be formed from a die cut sheet of transparent plastic, preferably PETG, that is bent by way of heating for defining the portions and form of the module. This provides an attractive module with the appropriate constraining portions and fronting portion in an integral module.
A feature and advantage of particular embodiments of the invention is that the modules may be arrangeable in any desired matrix by providing shelves of a desired particular length and stacked in a desired quantity.
A feature and advantage of particular embodiments of the invention is that the pocket module may be configured of any desired size for display of different product.
A feature and advantage of particular embodiments of the shelf is that the horizontal lower base may have a downwardly facing horizontal slot to receive the horizontal top piece of a shelf immediately therebelow.
A feature and advantage of particular embodiments of the invention is that displays may me easily constructed of minimal principal components; namely a base plate, a plurality of shelves, a plurality of pocket modules, and side panels. Various size components may be retained for subsequent assembly and certain components will universally fit the variable sized components. For example, the side panels will generally work with any length shelves.
A feature and advantage of particular embodiments of the invention is that it can be retrofitted into existing steel shelf gondolas. For example, pocket modules can be fixed to existing shelves to provide many of the features described herein.
A feature and advantage of particular embodiments of the invention is that the extruded shelves may have a screw receiving portion, a slot for the horizontal top portion of a shelf to be positioned therebelow, and a label slot all defined by integral structure. This provides for easy stacking assembly and utilization of a minimal number of fasteners, such as screws.
A feature and advantage of particular embodiments of the pocket module is that the module can be utilized in isolation as a self-standing product dispenser/display.
A feature and advantage of particular embodiments of the pocket module is that the pusher provides an ideal forward pushing force that effectively fronts product, that retracts relatively easily for further stocking, that is mechanically simple and extremely robust, that is essentially maintenance free, and that has an extremely long useful life.
Another feature and advantage of particular embodiments of the invention is a pocket module that the configuration of the pusher portion inhibits or prevents the forward tilt of product pieces in the receiving zone. This inhibits removal of more than one or two items. This is advantageous particularly when the pocket volume is not fully loaded.
A feature and advantage of particular embodiments of the invention is that the lower base, the back side, the front wall, the top, may all be integral with one another. This provides for ease of manufacture and also provides for ease of assembly and cleaning if necessary.
An ideal material for the shelves is styrene with a wall thickness of approximately 0.125 inches. A suitable range for the wall thickness of the shelves is believed to be 0.075 to 0.250 inches.
The shelves 56 are fixed intermediate the end panels and secured in place by way of fastener portions configured as screws 102 extending through apertures 104 in the end panels. Each shelf has a pocket module-receiving region 108 generally defined by the base portion, back side portion and front portion.
Each pocket module has a front side 130, a back side 132, a left side 134, a right side 136, a top side 138, and a bottom side 140. A pair of sidewall portions 150 are positioned at the left side and right side of the pocket module. A pair of front wall portions 154 are connected and integral with the side wall portions and are positioned at the front side. A portion 160 extends between the sidewall portions. In the embodiments of
A suitable plastic for the pocket constraints is PETG (polyethyleneterephthalate glycol modified) preferably formed from sheets approximately 0.060 inches thick. An appropriate range for providing the necessary structural rigidity while still allowing easy folding and providing the appropriate bias on the pusher portion is believed to be in the range of 0.020 to 0.200 inches.
Note that the vertical height h of the pocket module is substantially equal to the vertical spacing v between the base portion of adjacent stacked shelves.
The various components assembled as illustrated in
Referring to the uppermost shelf of
The present invention may be embodied in other specific forms without departing from the spirit or essential attributes thereof, and it is therefore desired that the present embodiment be considered in all respects as illustrative and not restrictive, reference being made to the appended claims rather than to the foregoing description to indicate the scope of the invention. When used herein “substantially” includes exactly.
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|U.S. Classification||211/51, 211/52, 211/40, G9B/33.017, 211/55, G9B/33.021, G9B/33.018, 211/59.3, 211/194|
|International Classification||A47F7/14, G11B33/04|
|Cooperative Classification||G11B33/0483, G11B33/0466, A47F7/145, G11B33/0461|
|European Classification||G11B33/04D3A, A47F7/14D1, G11B33/04D3C, G11B33/04D3|
|Apr 1, 2009||FPAY||Fee payment|
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|May 31, 2013||REMI||Maintenance fee reminder mailed|
|Oct 18, 2013||LAPS||Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees|
|Dec 10, 2013||FP||Expired due to failure to pay maintenance fee|
Effective date: 20131018